Portsmouth councillor who quit Ukip now independent

Paul Godier

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A COUNCILLOR who quit Ukip’s branch in Portsmouth has decided he will no longer carry on in his role with the party.

Cllr Paul Godier will continue as an independent for the city’s Charles Dickens ward following talks with Ukip colleagues yesterday.

Cllr Steve Hastings, deputy Ukip group leader, said he believes it is the best way forward, but there is no bad feeling in the Ukip group towards Cllr Godier.

As reported, Cllr Godier resigned his membership to the city’s party branch amid claims it has been a ‘shambles’ and has been given a lack of support.

Party members have dismissed the claims and said Cllr Godier had struggled and developed a ‘strange attitude’ to his duties.

Cllr Hastings said: ‘I spoke to him and we decided the best way forward was for him to be an independent, because of the politics that has come with this and his issues with the branch.

‘We will still be friends, and he has said that in his head, he will still believe in Ukip.’

Cllr Godier joins Cllr Eleanor Scott as the only other independent on the council, which has 42 councillors in all.

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